Position Statements & Handouts (for the public)

These position statements were developed through the cooperation of the members of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and reflect the opinion of this association on a variety of topics related to the field of animal behavior.

Position Statement Order Form

If you would like to order color copies of any of the position statements below, click on the following link to download the order form. Return the form with payment to Dr. Patrice Lima, and we will ship them to you:

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Dominance Position Statement

This statement has been developed for the purpose of clarifying how AVSAB views the theory of dominance relationships between animals. We also hope that it helps to dispel some myths that have recently become more prevalent among some who work in this field.

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Punishment Position Statement

This statement focuses on the use of punishment in the training of animals and the learning theories that exist which put the use of punishment into proper perspective.

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Puppy Socialization Position Statement

This statement hopes to increase awareness of the need for socialization in puppies and raise the issue of how vaccination protocols affect the socialization process in puppy classes.

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How to Choose a Trainer Handout

This handout goes over guidelines for choosing a dog trainer so you and your dog can have a great experience.

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Breed-Specific Legislation

This statement was developed as a review of the efficacy of breed-specific legislation, and AVSAB’s position on these policies.

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